9 Most Anticipated Holiday Movie Couples

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You know what our 9 Most Anticipated Holiday Movies are. Now let's go a step further and see what team-ups have us psyched for the season.

Over the next couple of months, Hollywood is bringing together some powerhouse couples, romantic and otherwise. The holidays this year will be filled with laughter (Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd in "How Do You Know"), tears (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine"), bromance (Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis in "Due Date") and even a few punches (Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in 'The Fighter").

Check out what couples have us ready to throw down 15 bucks for a ticket without blinking an eye.

9. Reese Witherspoon & Paul Rudd, "How Do You Know"

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Release Date: Dec. 17

FTW: We're psyched to see director James L. Brooks reunite with his "As Good As It Gets" pal Jack Nicholson with this romantic comedy, but we're more excited to see Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd together for the first time since "Overnight Delivery" (1998).

Reese and Rudd have the potential to be the perfect comedy team, with her exasperated indignance and his quiet bemusement. Owen Wilson plays the "other guy" in the love triangle -- he's pretty funny, too.

8. Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi, "Tangled"

Release Date: Nov. 24

FTW: Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi as the charming thief who inspires her to finally let down her hair and venture from her prison tower? If only "Tangled" were live-action. But we'll take the animated treatment, too, as Mandy and Zach lend their voices to this sly deconstruction of the classic fairy tale. Hey, it's Disney, and they usually know what they're doing.

7. Naomi Watts & Sean Penn, "Fair Game"

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Release Date: Nov. 5

FTW: Naomi and Sean were a great team in both "21 Grams" (their sex scene was one for the books) and "The Assassination of Richard Nixon," and now they're set to get topical-political for a third time. For the record, this is not a remake of the 1995 Cindy Crawford action movie but rather the true-life account of exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Of course, if Naomi and Sean wanted to do a remake of the Cindy Crawford "Fair Game," we'd want to see that, too.

6. Jim Carrey & Ewan McGregor, "I Love You Philip Morris"

Release Date: Dec. 3

FTW: The Riddler and Obi-Wan Kenobi as gay lovers? We'll take it. "I Love You Phillip Morris" has had a hell of a time finding its way to theaters, but it's finally set for Dec. 3. And it looks wonderful, with Jim Carrey in "sort of take me seriously" mode as a con man who falls in love with his cell mate during his time in prison. It'll be great to see Ewan McGregor get to do a comedy, too -- he's a funny guy, and he rarely gets to show it off.

5. Robert Downey Jr. & Zach Galifianakis, "Due Date"

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Release Date: Nov. 5

FTW: We trust director Todd Phillips when it comes to the bromance, so we're very intrigued to see where he takes this odd couple. Early word says it's no "Hangover" but still has some jaw-dropping moments of limits-pushing comedy, including a scene that has Downey Jr. dealing with a bratty child in a rather unexpected way.

If nothing else, Galifianakis is always welcome company, and it will be nice to see Downey Jr. taking something of a breather after headlining two giant tentpole releases like "Sherlock Holmes" and "Iron Man 2."

4. Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway, "Love and Other Drugs"

Release Date: Nov. 24

FTW: We'll overlook the awful title if it means we get to see Jake and Anne together for the first time since "Brokeback Mountain." This is much lighter fare, but they'll still get to show off their undeniable chemistry once again as two commitment-shy free spirits who meet their romantic match in each other. We're also curious to see how director Edward Zwick, usually known for big, loud epics like "The Last Samurai" and "Blood Diamond," handles a sex comedy. He'll probably do just fine.

3. Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

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Release Date: Dec. 31

FTW: If you have to watch a marriage fall apart in the most painful way possible, then do it with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. This Sundance darling is finally making its way to theaters on New Year's Eve (with an NC-17 rating, at that!), and we'll close the year on a somber note if it means we get to watch these two act (and cry) their brains out.

"Blue Valentine" might also give us an idea of what Gosling's performance might've been like as the father in "The Lovely Bones" if he hadn't been replaced by Mark Wahlberg. Speaking of Wahlberg...

2. Christian Bale & Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

Release Date: Dec. 10

FTW: We're always up for a good boxing drama, especially if the boxer is Marky Mark and his trainer is Batman. Director David O. Russell reunites with Wahlberg for the third time (following "Three Kings" and "I Heart Huckabees") for this true-life tale of "Irish" Mickey Ward, an '80s boxing sensation trained by his half-brother, Dickie Ecklund (Bale). Watching this scrappy pair spar both inside and outside the ring will be sweet indeed, and we have a feeling Oscar will take notice, too.

1. Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"

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Release Date: Dec. 10

FTW: Who sold their soul to get these two in the same movie? Can the universe even handle Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie appearing in the same frame? Will not the very fabric of space-time be threatened by their interaction? We'll find out what the consequences are when "The Tourist" opens on Dec. 10.

For now, we can only imagine what they'll bring to the tale of an American tourist (Depp) who crosses paths with a mysterious stranger (Jolie) while in Italy. The funny thing is that those roles could be interchangeable.